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Subject:
Use of walnut for bench top?...

John Aniano in Central NJ
Hello All,

I might have a source for some mostly clear ~4" thick walnut for making my Roubo bench top. The base is assembled and in place in my shop.

The walnut is ~7 years old, and is still in log form, but without the bark. I know a sawyer who would cut it for me. It would have to air dry more fully when cut up. I would like to use three pieces dowelled (not glued) together to get the width for the top. Makes the pieces just about maneuverable.

Question - is there some good reason not to use walnut for a bench top? It's reasonably heavy, local to me, available, looks nice, etc. Reasons for or against its use?

John

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